These foot massage benefits will surprise you
Self-care is kinda my thing. I know all about power naps and eating well and meditation and laughter and forgiveness… but I have to admit that foot massage benefits completely escaped me.
Well, no longer. When I started looking into the benefits of foot massage, I was a little floored. How had I never known this stuff?
We all know a good foot massage is relaxing, right? But the benefits actually go much deeper — believe it or not, foot massage can impact your health and in a big way!
Here’s what I learned:
1. Prevent Injuries and Post-Exercise Pain
Usually we think of massage as a way to support comfort and healing after an injury or overuse. But did you know it can actually help prevent these problems in the first place?
One of the most important benefits of foot massage is that it increases circulation to the feet. This ensures that all the tissues in your feet are well nourished and can function at their best.
Standing for long periods or doing sports that require jumping can put a lot of strain on your feet — your joints, your muscles, and your fascia (the thin connective tissue that surrounds your muscles). They can become stiff and inflamed. Foot massage helps counteract these effects and keeps your feet healthy and happy!
2. Foot Massage is a Must if You Have Diabetes
Poor circulation is a side effect of diabetes, and it especially has a negative impact on the feet. Minor foot injuries can become very serious for someone with diabetes. Since foot massage increases circulation to the area, it can improve the health of your feet and lessen the risk of complications (along with daily foot care, of course).
3. Improve Your Mood
Massage in many forms has been shown to help reduce feelings of depression and anxiety, possibly because it helps raise feel-good brain chemicals like dopamine (source).
Why is foot massage especially helpful?
For one thing, it can easily be done at home by yourself (or with a foot massager — more on that in a minute). That makes it accessible to pretty much everyone, all the time. Foot massage is also less invasive if you have personal boundaries that make you feel uncomfortable with full body massage.
4. It Lowers Stress Hormones
This is the panacea of health! It’s what I talk about all the time — lowering cortisol. Chronically high cortisol is the culprit behind all kinds of health issues. It’s why stress is the enemy of health (you’ve probably heard me say that before… a few dozen times).
Massage has been shown to decrease cortisol levels by an average of 31% — that’s huge! This works for all kinds of stress: emotional, mental, stress from chronic illness, job stress, pregnancy stress, etc. (source)
Want a foot massage every day? You need this
Confession: I like to be a little pampered.
But this is about a little more than pampering. Considering the foot massage benefits I talked about today, I’m starting to think this is a necessary indulgence! We’ll just file it under self-care, mm-kay? 😉
So when Clever Creations emailed me and asked if I wanted to take a look at their shiatsu foot massager? Well… actually, I almost said no!
I know. Crazy, right?
It seemed a little too bizarre for me, to be honest. I really hadn’t ever considered putting my feet into a big ole massage machine. Seriously, it never occurred to me.
So while I let the idea sink in, I started wondering about the benefits of massage and if there really was something special about foot massage in particular (which, of course, led to this post!). After reading, I was pretty impressed, and I started to get curious about how these benefits played out in real life.
So I said, why not? And here we are.
Foot massage benefits every day? Um, yes
Now there are four happy foot massage converts in this house. Seriously, my son asks to use it every day! Apparently he inherited his appreciation of pampering from his mama. 😉
It literally feels like you’re getting a deep, targeted foot massage at a spa. I don’t know about you, but I’m not about to run to the spa every day for a foot massage. But this? Suddenly a daily foot massage is a thing.